Our Library :
The Ferguson Library offers over 14,000 books to our students and staff. Teachers at Ferguson meet with the librarian regularly to plan and teach units of study. Our library collection supports the curriculum and has an excellent variety of books for our students to check out. Materials in our library are selected following the guidelines of the State College Area School Board’s Policy for the Selection of Library Materials.
The library is open every school day from 8:00-3:30. Students visit the library during their scheduled library periods and for special classes of research. They may also visit the library on their own, or in small groups, with their teacher’s permission.
We have a large collection of picture books, which are marked Everybody. These are fiction books and anyone may select these books to read or have read to them. We have a second section of books marked Fiction. These books are for students who are ready to read chapter books. We have two sections of nonfiction books. The first is Junior Nonfiction, specifically for those students in kindergarten through second grade. We also have our Nonfiction section for the general school population. We have a large selection of magazines from which students in second grade or above may select. Biographies are in a separate area, as are our Reference materials. We have a substantial collection of Resources for Teachers and also have a Parent Shelf.
Students in kindergarten generally may borrow one book. Students in first grade generally may borrow 2 books, and those in second grade through fifth grade may borrow three materials, including one magazine, if they wish. Books are checked out for one week and may be renewed by placing them in the renewal basket when returning to the library the following week. We often borrow books from other libraries in the school district if needed. If a student forgets their library books, they may continue to check out additional books, but we ask that they please keep them in school until the others have been returned.
Students in first grade and above are strongly encouraged to check out one book which they can read on their own. In first and second grade, many of our books are marked with a colored dot which corresponds to a dot on the student’s browsing stick. This indicates at what level the teacher believes they can best read independently. These books are readily available to students when it is time to select books, and parents are encouraged to read these books with their children.
In the upper grades (third grade and above), students are asked to read a page of the book themselves before checking it out, to be sure that the book is a “good fit” for them. Of course, if they find, after checking out the book and reading a few pages, that it is not a “good fit”, they may come to the library and exchange it!
Lost or damaged books:
We encourage children to keep their books in a safe place at home. However, we know that accidents do happen and books are sometimes lost. If a book has been permanently lost, or damaged beyond repair, the book must be paid for, following the Policy for Overdue, Damaged and Lost Library Materials adopted by the State College Area School District.
Searching for books:
Children may use the computers in the library to search for materials using our online catalog. Children and their parents may also access our collection or that of any other library in the district from home, using the SCASD web pages.